Rockaway Dune Enhancement Plan

RISE is reviewing proposals from a firm or a team of firms to prepare the Rockaway Dune Enhancement Plan. 

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The project will build on numerous initiatives by city, state, federal, and nonprofit partners to conduct a comprehensive site assessment and develop a preliminary design to enhance dunes along the Atlantic shoreline of the Rockaway Peninsula into an extensive, biodiverse, and habitat-rich dune system.

Aside from RISE, the other key project stakeholders include the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The project's approach focuses on using innovative strategies that incorporate design and management principles that improve the ecological function of the dunes, while prioritizing biodiversity and community engagement. Building upon the documented power of extensive and biodiverse dunes in protecting homes and community infrastructure in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the plan would be the first step in a multi-phased dune enhancement project. 

Currently, the local shoreline is subject to damages from wave attack and run-up created by hurricanes and nor’easters that can result in extensive property damage and loss of life. The project will draw on multi-sector and community expertise to develop a preliminary dune enhancement plan that will inform long-term coastal dune enhancement efforts. This project will also develop a 10-year monitoring framework, which will measure ecological, economic, and community benefits of an ecologically diverse dune system. This project will lay the groundwork for a long-term coastal dune enhancement and maintenance program, with on-the-ground partners, to catalyze workforce training and community stewardship programs in a community with a lack of economic opportunity for local young people. The project will develop a scalable and replicable engagement process that can be used for New York City-wide coastal shoreline visioning by city and state partners.

RISE is reviewing applicants with its partners and expects to choose a firm shortly